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Little People of America

We Are PEOPLE ...

Not Bowling Balls

8/9/2012 3:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Little people are NOT objects to be greased up and hurled down a bowling lane for the sick enjoyment of an audience -- so says the Little People of America, which tells TMZ, Zac Brown's "midget bowling" is a "direct insult" to little people everywhere. 

You'll recall ... TMZ posted footage of country singer Zac Brown going "midget bowling" at a motorcycle rally in South Dakota last weekend -- sliding a little person named Short Sleeve Sampson down a greasy ramp ... and into bowling pins (he got a strike).

But a rep for Little People of America -- the country's biggest non-profit for people with dwarfism -- tells TMZ, "Little People of America does not endorse any activity in which a person of short stature is used as an object rather than regarded as a competitor, in a 'sporting event.'"

The rep adds, "We believe that such practices are a direct insult to the equality of people with dwarfism, grounded in a respect for basic human dignity."

But tell that to Short Sleeve Sampson -- he called in to TMZ Live earlier this week ... insisting there's NOTHING wrong with a little "midget bowling" every now and then. 

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46.

texguy63    

Ever heard of saying, "No thanks"?

701 days ago
47.

BB not bb    

If the midgets are okay with it, I don't see what is wrong with letting them be bowling balls. It is probably very hard for them to find gainful employment. Maybe this is a way of laughing at themselves and not taking their disability too seriously.


If they aren't getting hurt and the pins are not too hard, I say they should be allowed to earn a living any way that they can. I would not want to go to this event, as it does seem crass, but I have never been to one either. These people are adults and if that is what they want to do with their life, they should be allowed.


Snookie is technically a midget but she is too proud to use that label. People looked at her like she was nuts at first but after awhile they got used to her and grew to love her. Maybe this is their way of staying in the public eye so that they can be seen as real people also.

701 days ago
48.

verlinda    

Midget tossing goes back to the Rennasance peroid

701 days ago
49.

ME    

Women are not meant to be sexually degraded but that doesnt stop prostitution.whats the difference?

701 days ago
50.

ME    

midget wrestling....same thing.

701 days ago
51.

Matt    

What is this world coming to when we can't hurl little people down bowling lanes for entertainment? next, they wont let us watch them wrestle! a damn shame... a damn shame =P

701 days ago
52.

Obbop    

Define degrading... but, of course, it is a personal opinion.

What you view as degrading depends upon your youthful indoctrination and life experiences.

701 days ago
53.

Charles    

You know what'sreally stupid? When groups get all up in arms over $#1 T like this.

Hey! Midget Group! Short Sleeve Samson decided to do this on his own. It's his damn right to do whatever he wants. You dont own every little person, nor do you have the right to decide what he can and cant do with his own body. Who cares if you dont like what he did! It's not up to your 'Midget America' group to sensor, approve or condemn his actions. MIND YOUR OWN F UC K IN g Business and go make some Wonka bars!

701 days ago
54.

Christine    

Well apparently someone forgot to tell the little person he wasn't a bowling ball.

701 days ago
55.

Derek     

AMERICA!! How about we lighten up just a little???

701 days ago
56.

BC7640    

If some little people have a problem with this sport or any other "insulting events" the people they should really be upset and disgusted with is the little people that are participating in them! No ones putting a gun to their heads making them do these stunts. So annoying!

701 days ago
57.

Vernon P. Alarcon    

I'd love to use Harvey "squinting gay dwarf" Levin for bowling but it would be hard to keep him outta the gutter........

701 days ago
58.

StanSki    

I miss the days of Dwarf Toss, Midget Bowling and Midget Wrestling. The little folks engaged in the activities didn't have a problem with it, why should I?

701 days ago
59.

Bagheera    

If all parties involved consented to the activity, why is the LPA throwing a tizzy?
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You know what is degrading? The LPA and other "non-profit" organizations telling people they are not allowed to make a living and survive!

701 days ago
60.

Bagheera    

Why didn't they sue Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema over not using little people as hobbits, dwarves, and gollum in the Lord of the Rings sereies? Surely it would have saved a lot of money for PJ to find some little people and have them act out gollum's movements instead of paying the big person andy serkis the big person paycheck. We all know that pay checks are proportional to your height.
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Why not go after Harry Potter for not using a little person instead of cgi for dobby and other little creatures?
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Non-profit my ass. They are just looking for ways to deprive non-members of a payday while hoarding the money for themselves. Nothing but a monopoly.

701 days ago
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